Review: Untimed by Andy Gavin

Title: Untimed 
Author: Andy Gavin
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
Release Date: December 25th 2012
Pages: 326
Read it in: 3 days
Source: From Author for review

You can buy it on amazon.

Synopsis: Goodreads:

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.

And there’s one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

My Review:

After reading Andy Gavin’s The Darkening Dream, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to review Untimed and I’m sad that it took so long to finally get to it! It sat on my shelf at university for the past 6 or 7 months which is annoying because I got practically nothing read whilst at University. 

I was able to start reading The Darkening Dream on Sunday on my way home from my boyfriends house. I was instantly creeped out by the evil in this book: tick-tocks. They kind of reminded me of the clockwork men from Doctor Who except these terrified me even more. So much more. The moment I saw ‘CHIME!’ in this novel, I was freaked out and hooked whilst being on the edge of my seat. What was going to happen next?! Definitely scary villains…

Charlie and Yvaine are adorable. They’re weird relationship is cute but also weird – like I said, it’s weird. They’re thrown together when Charlie follows a tick-tock downtime, and boy is he confused – much like myself I guess – when he was thrown into 1725, London. They then have a lot of adventures together in trying to escape near death, save the world and save Billy – Yvaine’s son. They go through a lot together, and make a cute couple. And I’ll admit that they both annoyed me a lot (Charlie because he was stupid a lot. And selfish. And Yvaine ’cause I couldn’t always understand what she was saying!) but they both had great character and were clearly thought about well. 

I really enjoyed Untimed, though at some points it was slow paced. Andy Gavin has, however, written another great book and I would suggest this to anyone who loves time travel – it was a great concept. I’m looking forward to see where it goes next!

Rating: 4.5/5

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